Dotty Mae Hart, 64, wife of Peter D. Hart, died unexpectedly April 12, 2010, at Maine Medical Center following cardiac surgery. Born in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 3, 1945, she was the daughter of John E. and Dorothy (Smith) Levine. She was a 1963 graduate of Prospect High School in Mt Prospect, Ill., and a 1966 graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. While a student at Moody, she met Peter D. Hart from Rockland, and they were married on June 11, 1966, in Prospect Heights, Ill. That summer, Dotty and Peter, thinking of being missionary Bible translators, attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota.

In her earlier years, Dotty was employed as a waitress in Dover, Del.; worked at McDonalds in Rockland; and worked at Dorman’s Dairy Dream. In the late 1970s Dotty enrolled in the University of Maine at Augusta and received her nursing degree in 1980. She has been employed as a registered nurse at Penobscot Bay Medical Center since that time, primarily giving bedside care in the medical/surgical units.

Dotty’s long-term hobbies have been embroidery of beautiful tablecloths and dishtowels, usually given as gifts to members of her extended family, and planting and caring for the flower garden at the family’s home in Rockland.

A longtime member of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden, Dotty was actively involved as a Sunday school teacher of young children, chairman of the Board of Christian Education and a Pal for the Pioneer Club program, and actively involved with the teenage young people of the church. For the past several years, she has helped organize the annual Walk Through Bethlehem event held at the church, and she played the role of Elizabeth for many years. In addition, Dotty has led the Good News Club, an afterschool program teaching Bible stories, at the Rockport Elementary School.

Her faith in Jesus Christ was Dotty’s source of strength and she humbly served God by reaching out to others through love and compassion. She lived a very full and complete life until her death and was a great blessing to those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Peter D. Hart; her son, Daniel J. Hart, both of Rockland; her daughter, Bonnie S. Rhode and her husband, Shawn; her son, Robert J. Hart and his wife, Rachel, all of Clinton, Mass.; one granddaughter, Adelaide Marie Rhode; a brother, Robert Levine and his wife, Carol June, of Deer Park, Ill.; her sisters, Bonnie Armbruster and her husband, Robert, of Glendale, Ariz., Barbara Rivera of Valparaiso, Ind., and Susan Hogy and her husband, Gary, of South Elgin, Ill.; a brother-in-law, John Hart and his wife, Paula, of Merritt Island, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Friday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St. in Camden. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden with the Rev. Adam Kohlstrom officiating. The graveside service will be held Saturday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Achorn Cemetery in Rockland.

If desired, memorial donations may be made in Dotty’s memory to Pen Bay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841; or the Child Evangelism Fellowship (Good News Club), P.O. Box 26, Morrill, ME 04952.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home in Camden.